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Young Adult Volunteers commit to serving a minimum of one year in the U.S. or Internationally at one of our sites. YAVs have the opportunity to volunteer alongside local partners, engaging in work and conversation around issues that address poverty, reconciliation, and what it means to share the hope of Christ through service. This blog is a chance to stay updated on what is happening in the life of the YAV program, whether that is with our current volunteers, our abundance of alum, the YAV office, or our YAV partners. The conversations and tough issues that we spend countless hours talking about as YAV’s don’t end when the year does; welcome to the conversation! If you have more questions, feel free to email.


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     Lives Set on New ‘Routes’: Unbound

     Dan Bohnker (Little Rock): PDA 

     Abby Miller (Peru): YAV Blog

     Joy and Han in Korea: PCUSA News Service

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May 27, 2014

YAVocate Training 2014

YAVocate Training 2014

Young Adult Volunteer Program

Ghost Ranch, New Mexico


The Young Adult Volunteer office is excited to invite 15 currently serving YAVs (2013-2014) to partner in a recruitment training session in September immediately following Transition Retreat (Transition Dates are 9/25-9/28). This opportunity would involve a commitment of full participation in both the training and being a regional recruiter in their home areas. The incentive for being a YAVocate is the opportunity to share your story as a YAV, and to help others know more about our great program. There may also be some exciting YAV swag in there for you!

YAVocate Training will be a time that will teach, encourage, and enable YAV Alum to do recruitment and promotion in their home regions. We will learn how to tell and refine our stories, how to contact and develop relationships for speaking engagements, even how to get on the docket at a denominational gathering. 

What will you be required to do after YAVocate training? 
After being accepted as a YAVocate, you will be asked to covenant with the YAV office staff to do the following within six months: 

o Be on the docket to speak about the YAV program at a minimum of one Presbytery meeting

o Give a minute for mission, lead a workshop, and/or speak to a Sunday School Class at three Presbyterian churches (not including your own), and two other settings (campus ministry, etc.) 

o Report all of your activities to Emily Miller in the YAV Office

*The YAV Office will provide the necessary tools for when you engage in these speaking arrangements (i.e. palm cards, flyers, appropriate promotional materials). 

Below is the application form for you to fill out by June 15, 2014. We will let everyone know by July 5, 2014 who will be invited to participate in this training. While we only have a limited number of positions for this particular involvement with the YAV program, all YAV alum are valuable members of our community and encouraged to partner with our office in recruitment and promotional efforts. 

Click here to access the short application form!

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